‘Finding Dory’ Director Andrew Stanton and Voice Cast Reacts to Trump’s Screening of Pixar Film [UPDATED]

Here’s one for the history books: the first movie that Donald Trump screened during his term in the White House was Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory. He held the screenings as mass protests raged around the United States (and in front of the White House) in opposition of Trump’s travel ban against refugees and citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries.

After news emerged about the screening, which began at 3pm Eastern time, many people on Twitter started asking the film’s director Andrew Stanton what he thought about Trump choosing his movie as the first film screened during his administration. Stanton has not directly addressed the situation, but has spent much of the afternoon retweeting other people’s posts that clearly express his opposition to the travel ban. At last count, he had retweeted nine messages, including the following ones:

With these retweets, Stanton joins Finding Dory’s co-director Angus Maclane, who had already started reposting tweets yesterday that expressed opposition to the travel ban.

Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of Dory, posted the following tweets after the news of Trump’s Finding Dory screening:

The only person who has directly addressed the screening of the film is Albert Brooks, the voice of Marlin, who tweeted the following:

The reactions of the people involved with the film were relatively muted compared to the reaction from others on Twitter:

UPDATE (Monday, 9:30pm PT): On her daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres addressed the White House screening of Finding Dory, pointing out that the messages in the Disney/Pixar film were at odds with Trump’s travel ban:

“Even though Dory gets into America, she ends up separated from her family, but the other animals help Dory. Animals that don’t even need her. Animals that don’t even have anything in common with her. They help her, even though they’re completely different colors, because that’s what you do when you see someone in need — you help them.”

Watch the entire clip below: